Florida Memorial Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kenneth Marshall has been chosen as The Sun Conference nominee for the 2012-13 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Kenneth MarshallMarshall has spent 35 years at Florida Memorial and 33 as the head of the women’s basketball program, accumulating 471 victories, the fourth-most amongst active NAIA II coaches.
“Coach Kenneth Marshall has demonstrated a strong desire to work with, teach and mold young athletes to become productive citizens of our community,” Florida Memorial Athletic Director, Robert Smith said. “There have been hundreds of graduates from Coach Marshall’s teams that have either gone on to graduate school to obtain advanced degrees or have started their professional careers in fields such as medicine, law enforcement and education.”

Gregory Stanback, an assistant coach on Marshall’s staff, echoed his athletic director’s sentiments, “Coach Marshall is unquestionably a coach of integrity and character with his players and in life. Clearly embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, his methods of teaching character through the game of basketball shows his players what it means to have integrity.”

“Coach Marshall has been a coach, mentor, confidant and truly my farther figure over the past eight years,” Latara King, former player and now assistant coach on Marshall’s staff said. “He is definitely a coach of integrity and character on and off the court. His structure of drills and life lessons all come together like puzzle pieces that make up a beautiful picture of life. His coaching techniques teach you to understand the game and also to prepare you for life as a young adult outside of college.”

The criteria for the NAIA Coach of Character Award is stated as follows: the nominee must be a head coach at the NAIA institution; the nominee must have been employed by the institution a minimum of five years; the nominee must be clearly outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative (respect, integrity, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership), outstanding in methods of teaching character through sport, and outstanding in community leadership through volunteering, service or other means.


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